Larry Farnese http://wesa.fm en PA Senator Pushes Anti-SLAPP Laws http://wesa.fm/post/pa-senator-pushes-anti-slapp-laws <p>A Philadelphia &nbsp;state senator is proposing laws so people don’t get “slapped” with unfair legal fees while utilizing their Freedom of Speech.</p><p>Senator Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) proposed legislation to combat what he calls "frivolous" litigation known as&nbsp;&nbsp;Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP).</p><p>According to Cornell University Law School, SLAPPs are lawsuits often filed by corporations against an activist or group of activists that disagree with the corporation’s actions.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 23:23:37 +0000 Jessica Nath 28598 at http://wesa.fm State Senator to Introduce Legislation Against Frivolous Lawsuits http://wesa.fm/post/state-senator-introduce-legislation-against-frivolous-lawsuits <p>State Sen. Larry Farnese of Philadelphia will introduce legislation meant to protect community and civic organizations from frivolous lawsuits.</p><p>Farnese was spurred into action by the dissolution of the Old City Civic Association in Philadelphia, which he says was overwhelmed by lawsuits that steadily increased their insurance premiums until they could not afford them anymore.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Liz Reid 16632 at http://wesa.fm State Senate Passes Campaign Finance Proposal to House http://wesa.fm/post/state-senate-passes-campaign-finance-proposal-house <p>A proposal aiming to provide more transparency to campaign finance data has passed the state Senate.<br><br>Candidates for statewide office and the General Assembly would have to file their campaign finance reports electronically under the plan. They, along with political action committees, could also trigger more frequent filing deadlines if they raise $10,000 or more in a calendar year.<br> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 10:38:06 +0000 Mary Wilson 8124 at http://wesa.fm